Illinois State University: Apparel Design/ Apparel Merchandising.
Normal, Illinois
Family and Consumer Sciences

The apparel design and merchandising curriculum at Illinois State University prepares students for professional work in several sectors of the global textile, apparel, and merchandising fields, including fashion trend analysis, production development, promotion, distribution, wholesale, and retail. Fashion majors may broaden their understanding of apparel, design, and merchandising by attending fashion tours internationally in Florence, London, and Paris or off-campus in the US in New York and Los Angeles.

What fashion related programs and degrees does Illinois State University offer?
As of 2011, Illinois State University offers the following degrees:
B.A. Apparel Design
B.S. Apparel Merchandising
B.A. Apparel Merchandising
B.S. Apparel Design

What’s the school’s contact information?
Illinois State University
Family and Consumer Sciences
Campus Box 5060
Normal, IL 61790
Phone: 309-438-2517

Type of school? Public

How much is tuition?
Tuition: $2,795
Room & Board: $2,118

What is the typical student profile?
Illinois State University total undergraduate students: 18,344
Fashion program students: 142

What are the requirements to enter program?
Program requires application to Illinois State University or application to major if already admitted.

How long does it take to complete program?
It usually takes four years to complete a B.S. degree, two years to complete a M.S. degree and two or more years to complete a Ph D program.

How many faculty members does Illinois State University’s Apparel Design/ Apparel Merchandising program have?
Faculty members: 21

What career placement services does Illinois State University provide?
All apparel merchandising and apparel design majors are required to complete an internship program at the Junior or Senior level. Typically, interns place at national retail chains and many are taking part in the Internship of Dreams Program. Fashion students have the opportunity to study abroad through Illinois State University’s bi-annual tour to Europe, London, and within the US to New York and Los Angeles. Professional faculty members offer students networking opportunities and specialized expertise in several areas in fashion, design, and apparel including management and consumer behavior, research methods, apparel product development, and social responsibility.

All data is as of 2011.